Introduction

Post 16 Introduction

A wide and flexible range of AS and A2 course is offered in our Post 16 centre. The majority of students opt to study four AS subjects in year 12 and three A2 subjects in year 13.

Our flexible curriculum is design to ensure that students are, at one and the same time, able to have a time table that:

  • Is personalised and tailored to individual need strengths and needs
  • Can be a blend of traditional and vocational subjects
  • Reflects the interest of students but ensures that they are equipped with skills that make them highly employable
  • Includes the necessary academic challenge to support a move onto Further or Higher Education
  • Builds in time for pastoral support and learning beyond the classroom
  • Uses up to date technology to support success

Experienced teams of tutorial and subject staff promote both a ‘can do culture’ and good learning habits by challenging students’ thinking and fostering their creativity. Teaching in the sixth form provides a bridge between the more structured content and learning approach of GCSE studies and the expectations of independent work in higher education or employment.

We have high expectations of students because we are ambitious for them. With this in mind we require that all students attend a weekly tutor period that aims to prepare them for the responsibilities of adult life, the demands of further and higher education. All students take part in regular progress review meetings. Careful monitoring of progress is central to our approach as are focussed assessment and strong links with parents.

In year 12 all students are required to:

  • Take part in planned extracurricular activity so as to ensure a broad and balanced learning experience
  • Attend a Citizenship program designed to enhance their life skills
  • Attend General studies lessons so as to ensure an A2 entry in year 13

In addition as a College we encourage students participate in:

  • Student Voice activities as part of the management of the College
  • Exchange visits and field trips
  • Mentoring schemes in the College and with local school children
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes